This Wednesday, Yahoo!'s London-based SearchMonkeys hosted a evening to show the developer community just how ridiculously easy it is to build enhancements to their Yahoo! Search results using Search Monkey. Even though we were up against one of Radiohead's concerts, and a Girl Geek Dinner, some fifty people came along to monkey around with us in the loft space of a lovely rambling building just off Covent Garden in London.
We were lucky to have Paul Tarjan, the Chief Technical Monkey from America along to give an overview of the inner workings of SearchMonkey. This was followed by Neil Crosby (that's me!) giving a live demo to show just how simple SearchMonkey makes enhancing your search results. Thankfully, the Internet stayed up, and the demos went without a hitch.
After the talks, the floor was opened for questions, and then people got down to the important task of eating pizza and making monkeys. Walking around the room, it was clear that people had interesting ideas about things they could make. I look forward to seeing them shared in the gallery soon.
The one recurring question I was asked during the evening was, "Are your slides available?" The good news is they're now up on Slideshare, and they walk through the process of creating a couple simple monkeys as I did for our live audience.
All in all, a good time was had. We gave out a whole bunch of toy monkeys that make a ridiculous amount of noise as they fly through the air (sorry if they've shown up in your office), as well as a bunch of hats and stickers to remember us by. The biggest takeaway of all: Enhancing your search results is really easy with SearchMonkey.
We're planning more of these developer evenings in London over the coming months, so keep an eye on the YDN blog and come along to the next one!
Engineer, Yahoo London